“The Sims” creator wants more than just a video game

And no, I don’t mean that as a gift or something.

Will Wright, creator extraordinaire of The Sims and Spore doesn’t want to stop on creating video games alone.

Since he sees himself not just as a “game maker” but an “entertainment designer”, he is now working on creating worlds that can cross every spectrum of media.

His new projects, something he is keeping a secret for the time being, apparently will enter (and conquer?) the world of mobile devices, internet and even traditional Hollywood outlets such TV and film.

Write wants people to be engaged not just in entertainment, but also “have them creating huge amounts of content for other people to experience”. This he discovered possible by watching gamers make over 100 million user-generated aliens, space ships and games through the use of editing tools provided with Spore.

“The question is how can you transfer that to other fields besides games,” he said.

Well, I’m pretty sure this’ll be a big hit if his new projects would be as awesome as his previous masterpieces.

Just to give an idea how successful they are, The Sims 3 has sold over 817,000 copies since June and that’s just in the U.S. alone. Spore also did pretty well, having sold over 1.7 million copies in the U.S. since last year.

So what’s Wright’s driving force for creating these games?

“People can learn lessons about the past, present and future in an entertaining way.”

Source: http://tech.yahoo.com/news/nm/20090806/wr_nm/us_videogames_wright_life_tech

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Ahleen is a tech columnist who has written about a wide range of technology from driver-less cars to electronic diapers. She is a certified nerd and considers chocolate to be the smartest invention of mankind.

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